Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

Posted On: January 22, 2013

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the posting of a final rule that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives, who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The final rule establishes a process that allows certain individuals to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before they depart the United States to attend immigrant visa interviews in their countries of origin. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013.

“This final rule facilitates the legal immigration process and reduces the amount of time that U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives who are in the process of obtaining an immigrant visa,” said Secretary Napolitano.

For more information please read the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alert on the subject.

The MVP Law Group agrees with Secretary Janet Napolitano efforts to reduce the hardship to U.S. citizens and their families. By establishing this final ruling, she reduces the time that the families in these qualified cases are separated.